MDC secretary-general Moses Mzila Ndlovu says there is simmering tension in Matabeleland caused by the resettlement of people from outside the region at the expense of locals.
Twelve Maleme villagers arrested for resisting the takeover of a farm by a Central Intelligence Organisation operative Rodney Mashingaidze have been acquitted.
THE resistance of the Matobo villagers to the Maleme Ranch take-over by a State spy shows that people power can emerge victorious against any regime, no matter how brutal and Zimbabweans can draw lessons from it to push back injustices, analysts said.
THE reversal of the unpopular takeover of Maleme Ranch in Matabo district of Matabeleland South by government spy Rodney Mashingaidze should be hailed as a triumph for people power.
PEOPLE power prevailed yesterday as Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko announced the reversal of the takeover of Maleme Ranch after months of protestations by the local community, which insisted the farm was an integral part of their livelihoods.
THE MDC led by Welshman Ncube has described the arrest of villagers protesting the takeover of Maleme Ranch in Matabeleland South as a chilling reminder of how Zanu PF resorts to violence and harassment when confronted with a problem.
VICE-PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday evaded questions about the volatile and emotive situation at Maleme Ranch, claiming he was not aware of what was happening.
AN unprecedented move by chiefs, villagers, political parties and civic groups to gang up in resisting the takeover of Maleme Ranch, in Matobo, Matabeleland South by State spy Rodney Mashingaidze showcases ethnic-driven frustrations over perceived dominance of people from the region by outsiders, analysts said.
VICE-PRESIDENT Phelekezela Mphoko is expected to visit troubled Maleme Ranch in Matobo, as tensions increase following its acquisition.
MATABELELAND South senator, Chief Nyangazonke has challenged government officials responsible for land redistribution to explain how Maleme Ranch was given to a senior officer in the president’s office without approval from traditional chiefs.